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Temporary accommodation for Carrickmines fire survivors blocked in by … –

A temporary site intended for the survivors of the Carrickmines fire tragedy was blockaded by protesters.

The Irish Mirror reports that a number of cars and diggers could be seen on the Glenamuck Road, a few hundred metres away from where 10 people lost their lives last weekend.

Locals in the area have objected to the temporary accommodation and believe there should be permanent accommodation instead.

A small number of residents said they will continue to protest against Dun Laoghaire Rathdown’s decision to provide the plot of land for a temporary halting site.

Despite the council’s assurances that the site would only exist for eight months, locals said they did not want it going ahead.

Many were shocked by callous nature of the protest just days after the nation’s worst fire tragedy since the Stardust nightclub in 1981.

The Southside Traveller Action Group issued a statement saying they hoped the situation could “be resolved in the best interest of the families”.

Director of the group, Geraldine Dunne, said: “They need to start to piece their lives back together.

“We want to thank the County Council and other agencies and the many local residents who have been so supportive to those affected in these difficult few days.”

Environment Minister Alan Kelly described the protest as “wrong” and said he will do all he can for the family.

Thomas and Sylvia Connors, three of their children, Jim, five, Christy, two, and five-month-old Mary, all died in the blaze at a halting site in South Dublin on Saturday night.

Their other son Michael, seven, is fighting for his life in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Sylvia’s brothers Willie and Jimmy Lynch, Willie’s partner Tara Gilbert – who was six months pregnant – and their young daughters Jodie, eight and four-year-old Kelsey, also died in the blaze.

Up to 14 people have been left homeless by the blaze and St Vincent De Paul opened an account for people to help the victims.


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